Pompeo Warns Countries Against Abandoning North Korea Sanctions

Trump privately frustrated over lack of progress with North Korea report

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley met with South Korea's foreign minister, Kang Kyung-wha, at the UN on Friday.

The United States last week sent a report to the sanctions committee that said North Korea had secured at least 759,793 barrels of oil products through ship-to-ship transfers at sea, according to the document, which was seen by AFP.

The United States has called on North Korea to act on its promise to give up its nuclear weapons and said the world, including China and Russian Federation, must continued to enforce sanctions until it does so.

China has made a decision to invest 600 million yuan ($88 million) in North Korean infrastructure such as roads around a border bridge, sources in both countries have said, raising concerns that Beijing may violate United Nations resolutions.

"This is going to take some time", said Coats.

"We put pressure today on China and Russian Federation to abide and be good helpers through this situation and to help us continue with denuclearisation", she said.

After Pompeo's visit to North Korea earlier this month, an unnamed official with the foreign ministry was quoted by state-run KCNA as saying that the United States was using "gangster-like" tactics to get North Korea to stop its nuclear program, adding that the United States' attitude was "extremely troubling". "The North Koreans understand what that means", Pompeo told reporters.

"We need to see chairman Kim do what he promised the world he would do", Pompeo said. Speaking of the United States complaint, she added, "Now for China and Russian Federation to block it, what are they telling us?"

China's U.N. Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu said China was committed to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and to the promotion of dialogue and negotiations.

"Russia is closely examining this request and is seeking additional information on every single case of "illegal" transfer of petroleum to the DPRK", or North Korea, claimed by the U.S., said the Russian mission in an email to council members seen by AFP. "We will fully implement the resolutions".

"We have photographs of proof of ship-to-ship transfers", Haley said.

The 14 other council members had until midday Thursday to object, and two diplomats said Russian Federation put "a hold" on the US request shortly before the noon deadline. Are they telling us that they want to continue supplying this oil? "He has projected a longer time frame, but then it depends on what steps they take within that one period of time that can give us some hope and courage and encouragement that we're on the right track...it's a much more complicated process than most people think".

She ticked off the list of sanctions that have been in place over the past year, calling them a "Herculean task" by the sanctions committee.

These actions are all "generating significant revenues for the regime and they must be stopped", he said.

The two diplomats also "exchanged views on prospects for further building relations" in the wake of the Helsinki summit of Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the ministry said.

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